The Loaves And Fishes
Matthew 14:18-21; Mark 6:30-34; Luke 9:11; John 6:1-14
This is the only miracle recorded in all four gospels. It is a delightful study centering in the lad, the loaves, and the Lord. Look at the story through the eyes of the little boy. But don't overlook Andrew. We meet him three times in the gospels. Each time he's leading someone to Christ. Once we see him doing personal evangelism with his brother Simon. Once we see him as a foreign missionary bringing certain Greeks to Christ. Here we see him doing children's work. Note also the basic flaw in both Philip's and Andrew's assessment when Jesus challenged His disciples to feed the multitude. Philip looked at the demand (John 6:7); Andrew looked at the supply (John 6:9). Then both turned and looked at Jesus!
1. THE MESSAGE THE LITTLE BOY HEARD (Luke 9:11)
2. THE MAN THE LITTLE BOY FOLLOWED (John 6:8-9)
3. THE MIRACLE THE LITTLE BOY SAW (John 6:10-12)
4. THE MASTER THE LITTLE BOY TRUSTED (John 6:11)
It is amazing to consider that the Lord Jesus would have gone home hungry that day had not this unnamed little boy been willing to give Him his lunch. Think of it. The Lord of glory, the Creator of heaven and earth, did not have so much as His own crust of bread! And a generous little boy was willing to press into His hands not just one of his little barley loaves, not just a piece of fish, but his whole lunch! This little boy stands in the annals of eternity alongside that widow who cast into the treasury "all her living." Great will be their reward in heaven.